Sailing Yacht Premieres at the Boat Show
For 26 years, one of the greatest attractions of the Boat Show in Warsaw has been the opportunity to see new sailing yachts that would appear in Masuria and at the Baltic coast a couple of months later. This year, we are expecting a number of really exciting proposals for this season, including... all the three Yachts of the Year 2016 in Poland.
For the first time the visitors will have the opportunity to see all the three sailing yachts that won the competition Yacht of the Year 2016 in Poland. Although Albatros 4.30, winner in the 'Special Yacht' category, had its premiere in the previous year, it is still worth seeing at the stand of DAS Yacht Center as it is one of the most interesting small dinghy-type yachts, excellent for learning to sail at high speeds. The Phobos 24.5, in turn, which won the Yacht of the Year 2016 in the category of up to 7.5 m, will have its premiere at the Boat Show in Warsaw. The latest product of the Silesian yacht yard Dalpol Yacht was created with comfortable recreational sailing in mind for all fans of sailing, including those without a licence. Some of its main advantages are the extremely comfortable interior and the fact that it can be transported on a regular trailer. The third of the sailing Yachts of the Year 2016, the winner in the category of over 7.5 m in length, is the impressive Maxi 1200, which will also be exhibited in the halls of MT Polska. It is a beautiful, comfortable and fast seagoing tourist yacht with excellent sailing characteristics. It will be presented by the yachtyard Delphia Yachts and will surely be one of the main attractions of the Boat Show. Apart from that, Delphia will be presenting numerous inland sailing yachts as well.
The latest Maxus 24 evo will be a real treat for enthusiast of recreational sailing in Masuria. We tested it in late autumn when it was so cold that we had to wear winter clothing rather than clothes appropriate for yachting. But it was worth it, and we have described the experience in the test of the Maxus published in this issue of “Żagle”. In Łódź, where the yacht had its premiere towards the end of November, it was presented in two versions, with differences on the deck, in the cockpit and in the interior. This is also how it will be displayed in Warsaw. Its producer, the yacht yard Northman, will also be presenting other boats, including the Maxus 26, the larger brother of the evo model and its precursor, in a sense; the two models are so similar that it is hard to distinguish between them if one’s doesn’t know what to look for.
If you are looking for a large yacht on which you intend to spend a lot of time in Masuria, you should absolutely visit the stand of Antila Yachts, where one of the most interesting Masurian ‘cruisers’ will be shown – the nearly 10m long Antila 33. Although its premiere was last year, at that time its interior was not yet fully finished, so the boat was not as impressive as it is now. The spacious, modern and cosy interior, the broad cockpit, two steering wheels and exceptional design of the deck are only some of the yacht’s great characteristics. Our test confirmed that it also performs very well in sailing per se.
Solina 22, also tested in the present issue, was one of three nominees to the Yacht of the Year award in the category of Yachts up to 7.5 m in length. What makes it stand out is that it is much larger than its technical data would suggest. This typically recreational boat has probably the most spacious interior in its class, but at the same time, it is easy to sail and exceptionally stable. The one we tested had original bright colours and will certainly be very popular at the Boat Show.
A new old model is prepared by the yacht yard Yacht Hornet. It will be a fast tourist vessel, previously known as Saturn 21 and now also produced by the Iława-based yard as Hornet 21.
At the stands of the companies Sułkowski Boats and Sułkowski Stocznia Jachtowe (son and father), we will have the opportunity to see two very small yachts: the open deck Nexo 1st and the even smaller Serwus. For the second boat this will be its premiere as it has not yet been exhibited at a boat show. Another new element in the offer of Sułkowski Boats is the Nexo nc22, a daysailer designed on the basis of the Nexo 3rd, but as the prototype has just been sold we will not see it at the Show.
Offer for regattas
A true highlight for all the fans of modern regatta catamarans will be the latest model from the broad offer of Topcat Polska Zachodnia, namely the K1. It is the first Topcat with an inverted bow meant to compete in the dynamic market of multihull boats. The key asset of this model is its versatility – the K1 does not have centreboards, can be chosen in the ‘tourist’ version, which is easy to handle, or in a version for moderately or very advanced sailors. This Topcat model received the international class status of World Sailing (former ISAF). Polish racers from Topcat Team Polska competing on the K1 have had numerous successes in master level competitions.
The offer of sailing yachts will not be very broad, but it will certainly be diverse, with examples of new constructions in almost every sphere of sailing.
The Boat Show in Warsaw always takes place after the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), and Polish importers of equipment already have the new products presented there. For Polish producers, however, the WIND and WATER is the key opportunity to show their new items.
The prestigious prize for the best product at the METS was awarded to the ultramodern stretchy Henri Lloyd Flex 3D jacket, fitted and allowing for freedom of movement while retaining thermal insulation. At their stand, Henri Lloyd – a partner of WIND and WATER – will also be presenting their ‘space-age’ suits of the Ben Ainslie Racing team, preparing for the America’s Cup regatta.
Another product that won a prize at the METS is the Waeco CRX-80S, a freezer refrigerator that can operate in three modes – as a refrigerator, as a freezer or as a freezer refrigerator. It will be presented by Dometic Group, which includes such brands as: Dometic, Waeco, MarineAir and Sealand
There is a chance that visitors to the Boat Show in Warsaw will have the opportunity to see the revolutionary Simrad HALO, the world's first CHIRP radar for smaller recreational vessels, and also a winner of a prize at the METS. It offers exceptionally high levels of target separation and greater precision in localising objects. If we get to see it, it will be presented at the stand of the importer – Parker Poland, who will be also showing the latest Mercury outboard engines as well as a broad offer of maritime electronics by Simrad, B&G, Lowrane, Fusion audio equipment, Flir thermal vision cameras, and equipment for yachts produced by Osculati, Ultraflex and others. At the Vetus stand, associated with Parker, visitors will find almost all equipment for yachts.
Mazuria, with its enormous offer of everything what is needed for water sports, can be found at a huge stand in Hall A. Taurus will also be showing a huge variety of products mounted in yachts, including the new Rule LoPro bilge pump, new models of Yanmar stationary engines, Nakashima propellers, and others. A slightly smaller stand in Hall A will belong to Eljacht, the importer of such brands as Raymarine, Mastervolt, Hella Marine or Exide. The stand will include many new items, for example the Dragonfly 7PRO sonar and the wireless Quantum radar. Furuno Polska will be presenting the new FCV-628/588 high resolution with RezBoost, the DRS4W WiFi radar and the NavNet TZ Touch 2 navigation system.
The second generation of the Quatix3 marine watch will be presented by Garmin, who will also prepare other new items, such as the GNX marine instruments.
Makanu will come to WIND and WATER with a broad offer of boat shoes by the renowned TBS, whose products are used by such eminent personalities as Francois Gabart – both on yachts and elsewhere.
Polish producers will delight the visitors with a number of surprises. Bezalin will present an entirely new collection of sailing ropes, Splot will show a couple of new items in their offer and the publishing house Almapress will be promoting one of its new books: “Człowiek za burtą” by Andrzej Pochodaj.
Dominik Życki (“Żagle”)